If the expectations are kept at the level I decreased it towards, this show can be fun to watch.
As much as I complain about the lack of rule consistency in this show, I will admit that it does its job at making things unexpected. With very little set in stone, the show has complete freedom over how the story and world can change. Logic is barely established, so having Sora dissappear at the end of ep 8 could be considered an open door to new mysteries. Game rules can have almost any loophole or magical twist, so it’s always interesting to see how it plays out and how Blank will win. Furthermore, Blank always bets high whenever they enter a game(this time the entire imanity race), so it manages to remain tense even if we know Blank always wins. And I think this is the main reason why so many people like this show: you want to see what it could possibly do next.
In fact, the main reason I preferred the materialization word game over the motivational chess battle is how it uses the lack of logical restraint to its advantage. Summoning anything imaginable through a mere mention and using it to try killing each other(in an alternative world; no one really dies) is both creative in theory and fascinating visually, but it wouldn’t work in a show that had set rules about its universe. It’s a concept that was only possible in a show like this, which is more than I can say for the chess battle. Embracing nonsense is always better than trying to act smart.
I still can’t proclaim this show to be anything more than a good-looking guilty pleasure. I still want to slap it for acting smug and superior when it can’t even get basic storytelling right without cheating. However, if it keeps up with making the cheats somewhat interesting and the production values don’t get lower, i’m willing to have fun with it. You’ve only got 4 eps No Game No Life, so let’s see what you can do when gambling the human race and having your badass dissappear.